Monday, April 14, 2014

Will Rig from Long Winter Studios

Wow Long Winter is pumping out some great rigs! It's hard for me to keep up! Head on over and check out their latest Will.

Will Character Demo from Long Winter Studios on Vimeo.

Haven't had a chance to mess around with him yet but if he's anything like the previous than I know it will be fun!


PS There is a great page on the site now where you can preview some up and coming stuff!
      Check it out here to see stuff like new concepts!intheworks/c1u0g

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Couple of Animation Workflow Videos

The 1st video is from Laurent Caneiro over at Dreamworks. He shows off his workflow comparison between his reference footage and shots.

This next video is by Disney animator Daniel Peixe. He goes through one of his shots on Frozen and his workflow how he quickly went about it in 2D and the comparison to what he ended up with in 3D.

ShotProgressionSven from Daniel Peixe on Vimeo.

Great stuff all the way around and some really fun insight to workflows!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Animators Resource Interview - Andy Conroy - Full Interview

I always have a really great time with these interviews. Here is my full interview with Andy Conroy over at Long Winter Studios. Andy gives some fun insight to his thought process behind creating appealing rigs and animation. We also chat about some of his workflow and he follows that up with a really nice eye and brow demo!

Animators Resource Interview - Andy Conroy - Full Interview from Animators Resource on Vimeo.

Hope you all enjoy!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alexis Wanneroy - Animation Reel Breakdown 2014

A great progression reel from Alexis Wanneroy an animator over at DreamWorks. Also check out some of the pre-production shots in the other video from Rise of The Guardians.

Alexis Wanneroy - Animation Reel Breakdown 2014 from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.

Alexis Wanneroy - Rise of the guardians character development reel from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.

It's always great to see process..especially some early character stuff.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bobby Pontillas: Frozen - Shot Progression

Some good insight to Bobby Pontillas's shot on on Frozen.

Frozen- Shot Progression from Bobby Pontillas on Vimeo.
"An animation breakdown of one of my favorite moments I was fortunate enough to animate on Frozen! I don't usually shoot video reference extensively, but we were on an accelerated schedule so I had to work efficiently and had one week for this. Crazy but a lot of fun=)"


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Animator Island breaks down Follow Through and Overlapping Action

This is a great quick post on some core principles of animation that we use all the time whether it be very little to exaggerated. Looking through shots and even planning yours out, thinking about overlapping action and follow through is an important step to adding some life, appeal and believably to your animations.

So head on over to Animator Island and check out the post!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rhythm & Hues: Life After Pi and Voodoo

Here is the documentary to Life After Pi. It shows what Rhythm & Hues had to go through during the time Life of Pi was getting an Oscar. I had the great pleasure of working there to start my career and continued for a few years, even while Life of Pi was in production. It was an amazing studio and as you can see from the video, the people were amazing and really cared about each other and the studio. A piece of me will always be there and I have created some amazing experiences and friends from my time there. So have a watch and be reminded of some of the great from the studio and also some of the troubling times for the VFX industry.

Also they posted a great video showing off their proprietary software Voodoo. MAN do I miss this pipeline and software. It was thee best tool-set I have had the pleasure of using yet and I miss it everyday. So much hard-work and talent went into it and it shows in their work over the last 25yrs.

Click on Image below.

Hope you all enjoy and spread the word!

Life After Pi is only a piece of the full feature length documentary that is to follow about the VFX can follow the progress over at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Long Winter Studios Releases Argus

Long Winter has released another rig to it's collect, Argus! Seems like a great contrast to the rest of the cast and as always the Rig is high quality. I'm messing around with it now and well worth a look into it.

Argus from Long Winter Studios on Vimeo.

So head on over and check him out!

PS  Stay tuned for an interview I did with Long Winter Creator Andrew Conroy where he covers emotion in the brows and eyes with Argus.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


This is my full interview with Ken Fountain where he talks about his animation workflow, current projects and more. Ken breaks down a shot from Monsters vs Aliens and takes us through a quick example of using smears. 

Hope you enjoy!
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Fun GIFs

Found some fun Mother Gothel GIFs over at Animation Tidbits.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Using Body Language to Send a Message

Have a look at this infographic over at onlineuniversities blog about Body Language. This is why many of the animation schools preach learning your body mechanics and doing pantomime shots before you go into acting, because many of the what we communicate is all in our body.

Have a quick read!

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Adrian Brisland put together some some cool VFX Cycles. Check them out either on his blog or vimeo.

Frozen from Adrian Brisland on Vimeo.


found via longwinterstudios facebook page